Anonymous asked: Do you think writing needs actual real life experience? Do you need to fully experience something from beginning to end to write a deep story about it? For instance, I want to write a story about a person battling depression, but then again, I’ve never got over depression myself, therefore, I get stuck trying to figure out how the story ends or give some sort of closure to the story. Any advice?
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I’ve never died, but I’ve written a death scene. I’ve never waved a magic wand or dueled a dragon or gone to Mars, but I can write about it. Why is that? Imagination and research.
Then again, perhaps your character doesn’t get over it. Maybe your story is a happy ending despite the character’s depression, or a tragedy as the character succumbs to their depression. In either case, depression will still add significant amounts of conflict the the narrative. It’s up to you.
Research and imagination. If you have both, you’ve got the means to finish your story (and to kick your own depression in the tenders, by the way).
Thank you for your question!